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Chanel Harris-Tavita set to test the market

08 Sep 21, 10:30AM 0 Comments

Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk

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After what was an unfortunate injury-plagued season it seems that New Zealand Warriors halfback Chanel Harris-Tevita is looking for a move away from the club.

Harris-Tevita’s current deal is up at the end of 2022, meaning he is free to negotiate with rival clubs come November 1st and if a report from Fox Sports’ George Clarke is to be believed then that is exactly what he will do.

It seems that the writing is on the wall for Harris-Tevita and he knows it, with reports last month that the Warriors are looking to sign both Joseph Manu and Dylan Brown for season 2023, and play with a spine consisting of Reece Walsh at fullback, Manu at five-eighth, Shaun Johnson at halfback and Brown at hooker, and when you consider that halves such as Sean O’Sullivan, Kodi Nikorima and Harris-Tevita are all still at the club, at least one of them would have to go if this ambitious plan by the Warriors is any chance of working at all.

In 2021, Harris-Tevita played just 11 games due to said injury-plagued season, scoring two tries, assisting two, averaging 66 run metres per game and making 206 tackles for an efficiency rate of 89.6%.

At the moment, clubs who may be interested in signing the 22-year-old include the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs who are looking for a halfback to partner with the incoming Matt Burton, the Canberra Raiders who are still seeking a George Williams replacement, the Brisbane Broncos to partner Adam Reynolds and become his replacement at halfback or the Newcastle Knights who likely will not re-sign an ageing Mitchell Pearce whose contract is up at the end of 2022.

If Harris-Tevita does start to actively test his value on the open market at the end of this year, then there is a good chance that the Warriors will opt to use him less next season, and go for a halves combination of Sean O’Sullivan and Shaun Johnson or Kodi Nikorima and Shaun Johnson.

Hopefully, for Harris-Tevita’s sake, this is not the case as it would diminish his market value to an extent.

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